Sensitive skin dress choice?

posted 5 months ago in Dress
Post # 2
224 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I also have really sensitive skin, which impacted my dress choice. I ended up with a fitted gown instead of A-line, but tried several on. I didn’t have an issue with the lining of the dresses so much as my arms rubbing against the outside fabric, but I also wore Spanx that went from the chest down to mid thigh to protect my skin from the lining. I still felt like I had good options, I just had to avoid really harsh fabrics. I wanted lace and there were tons I tried on that would never have worked for me, but I managed to find several soft ones too. I also ended up with a strapless dress (not my first choice) because of the sensitivity issues. You should still be able to find lace (with sleeves) or illusion tops, just pay attention to the quality and type of lace and fabric when you try them on. 

Post # 3
207 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

Ditto for me, sensitive skin (especially around neck and decollete area), and also a big fan of comfort.  I went in wanting sleeves, but found that even the light dresses seemed heavy and weighed me down.  Embellishments on illusion tops were often scratchy on me.  Like PP, I also ended up with a strapless dress.  Tips would be to spend the 10 min or so in the dresses that you like, move around, walk, sit, pay attention to any sensitive areas.  Good luck!  

Post # 4
1885 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

Strapless with no beading or lace is probably your best bet. I found ones with a lot of beading to be the worst. Ditto for sleeves. 

Post # 5
889 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2019

I have literally the most sensitive fair skin that flames bright red from the slightest irritation. I did a satin bodice strapless ball gown with a tulle skirt. I also added a lace topper for our ceremony. Expensive lace won’t typicaly irritate skin, but it depends on the pattern, so try different options. Embellishments around the bodice, illusions, and cheap lace were a huge no go

Post # 7
82 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2020 - North Carolina

busybeetobe :  I’m also pretty sensitive so anything with beading was out, along with high necklines and scratchy appliques. There was a beautiful strapless floral organza dress at David’s Bridal that felt amazing, although I ultimately picked a light tank strap fluttery tulle number that didn’t chafe. This is the organza one that I loved:

Not sure your budget (it was out of mine), but there is a designer/shop called The Cotton Bride in NY who uses all natural fabrics, and the designs don’t look likely to irritate – maybe browse their website.

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